Beneficiaries of housing schemes under scanner

Speaking at a review meet of the District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee held at the Zilla Panchayat Hall here on Tuesday, Additional Deputy Commissioner Prabhakar Sharma said that the survey will be completed by November 15.

“Site or house will be reclaimed if it has been sold to a persons belonging to APL families. Meanwhile, if it was sold to another BPL family, then the district administration will give opportunity to change the khata,” Sharma said in reply to a question raised by Member of Parliament Nalin Kumar Kateel, who chaired the meet.

23,000 houses lack toilets

ZP CEO P Shivashankar said that though all the 203 Gram Panchayats in the district have bagged the Nirmal Gram Puraskar, 23,000 out of 2.43 lakh  households still do not have toilets in their houses. The ZP has prepared an action plan to construct toilets for all the remaining families, he said adding that the project will be completed within three months.

‘Repair NHs’

The MP said that the condition of National Highways in the district has worsened during the rainy season. “Take up the repair works immediately and make NHs motorable,” Kateel told officials.

Responding to this, NH Mangalore Division Executive Engineer Krishnaiah Gowda said that a proposal of Rs 1.68 crore has already been sent to the government to fill potholes on NHs in the district. “We have identified 30 kilometer-stretch on NH 13, 48 and 234, which need to be repaired immediately. Works will be commenced soon after the government approval,” he added.

17 underpasses proposed

Kateel told reporters that a proposal to construct 17 railway underpasses across railway tracks at various places in the district has already been sent. It was agreed in the proposal that 50 per cent of the construction cost will be borne by the State government or local governing bodies, he added.

He said that the Mangalore City Corporation has already agreed to bear 50 per cent of the cost to construct an underpass across railway line at Padil in the City. Meanwhile, the APMC has agreed to bear 50 per cent of the cost to build an underpass at Puttur, he added.

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